It’s hard to find a player with as much talent as Lebron James, but his play has become more of a commodity as the league has gotten more competitive and his peers have come up with better options to replace him.
James is one of those guys, and now he has a second title to his name thanks to a three-peat in Cleveland.
His dominance in the league continues to be matched only by James’ dominance in sports.
Here are five players that are probably the best in the game, and one that might have to give it up to become the best of them all.1.
Kevin Durant: It’s almost as if he has already become the most valuable player in the history of the league, but he’s still going to be the most controversial.
Sure, his numbers are all over the map, but nobody can argue that his dominance in a league where so many people are so passionate about their team is worth billions of dollars.
The only problem?
His teams are pretty awful.
Durant is one the most interesting players in the world, but in his last few years he has fallen to the bottom of the rankings, and this year he’s looking like he’s heading to a bottom-five finish.
The Warriors will be the best team in the Western Conference, but it’s not even close.
The Thunder and Clippers have both been on fire this season, but Durant is going to have to play his best basketball if he wants to stay at No. 2.2.
Russell Westbrook: Westbrook is just one of the top 10 players in this year’s league, and he’s just not the most impactful.
His offense isn’t going to blow anybody away, but Westbrook is still a huge part of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the only team in this top five to have more than 10 wins in each of the past five seasons.
That means the rest of the Thunder offense is a bit of a joke, but if Westbrook can just keep this up he’ll be the league’s best player in a few years.
Westbrook’s production has dropped dramatically since the beginning of the season, and the Thunder have only won one playoff game in his first seven games.3.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Antetkounmpos’ rise from the bench has been one of his most dramatic, but the Bucks didn’t know what they were getting into when they signed him.
He was just a bit too raw for their style of play and they wanted to go with more veteran playmakers.
His rookie season was a disaster, and in the next few years his numbers dropped off even further.
He has been an absolute mess since coming to Milwaukee, averaging just over 16 points and just over 7 assists per game, but there are still good things about him.
Antetkos versatility is what makes him so valuable, and his shooting has been solid as well.
He could be an All-Star in the future, and while the Bucks are likely to miss out on that if they don’t get him to a better level, he’s a very valuable player for now.4.
Damian Lillard: The Portland Trail Blazers have been great this season in part because of Lillard’s play, and they’ll be even better when he returns.
He’s one of only two players in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 12 rebounds per game this season (the other is Magic Johnson, who had 20 and 11 in 2012).
He’s also one of just four players in history to shoot over 40 percent from beyond the arc and a better percentage of his field goal attempts from 3-point range than the average shooter.
Lillard has been the league leader in assists this season with 17.2 per game and the Blazers have won six of their past eight games.
His shooting is still pretty awful, but that should improve with time and more time playing with Damian Lacy, Nicolas Batum and Damian Lavin.5.
Carmelo Anthony: It might be a bit presumptuous to say this, but Anthony is the league MVP.
He might have been one the league best defenders for the Knicks this season as well, but a few injuries have slowed him down a bit and the Knicks have lost four of their last five games.
It’s not a great stretch for him to become a top-five player, but when you add all of the other factors together it’s hard not to wonder if he’s not as good as we all thought he would be.
Anthony has been dominant as the Knicks’ star for a while now, but this is a different kind of star.
He’ll have to stay healthy for the entire season, as he has never been more than fourth in the MVP voting in the past two seasons.6.
Kevin Love: Love has had some of the best seasons of his career, but they’ve come at a steep cost to his team.
He scored a career-high 46 points on 10-of-22 shooting in a victory over the Cleveland